Oct. 13, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (4-2, 1-1 Patriot League) travels across town to face Howard University (3-3, 2-2 MEAC) in the third meeting for the Mayor's Cup, on Saturday, at 1 p.m., at Greene Stadium. The Hoyas and Bison have split its prior two games, with Howard winning the last meeting, 14-11 in 2009.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Fans can listen to the game live on HoyaVision, broadcast on Georgetown's official athletic website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the call. A live game day blog featuring all of the action and notes from Greene Stadium will also be available on GUHoyas.com. Fans can also receive live updates by following Hoyas_Football on Twitter.
LAST WEEK: The Hoyas overcame five turnovers, as the defense held one of the nation's top running backs to half of his season average in a 24-10 victory over Wagner. Brett Weiss hit a 49-yard field goal the longest in the PL this season, helping him earn Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Junior SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) hauled in a 71-yard touchdown pass from junior QB Isaiah Kempf(Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy), the Hoyas longest scoring play since 2006 to help seal the victory.
NO SHORTAGE OF WEAPONS IN THE PASSING GAME...Junior SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) was the second different GU pass-catcher to eclipse the 100-yard mark in consecutive weeks, as his late fourth quarter 71-yard touchdown catch got him to 104 yards against Wagner. One week earlier, against Bucknell, sophomore WR Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Springs) 10 catches and 102 receiving yards. Georgetown quarterbacks have had a wealth of other options. Georgetown has 11 players with at least five catches, and freshman Kevin Macari (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) has 161 yards on the season and senior Patrick Ryan(Westlake,Ohio/St. Ignatius) has 123 yards to join Waizenegger and Davis with over 100 yards receiving on the season.
CONVERTING IN THE REDZONE...The Hoyas converted on both trips inside Wagner's 20 yard line, scoring two touchdowns last week, as sophomore running back Nick Campanella(Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) picked up his fifth rushing TD. GU has the second best red zone offense efficiency in NCAA Division I FCS and the best in the Patriot League, converting on 20-of-21 trips with 17 touchdowns. Only UT-Martin has been better. Patriot League rival Holy Cross is just behind GU at third in the nation.
Rank Team G RZ Dr. RZ Sc. RZ Pts RZ Rush TD RZ Pass TD RZ FG RZ Pct
1 UT Martin 5 27 26 161 12 9 5 .96
2 Georgetown 6 21 20 127 9 8 3 .95
3 Holy Cross 5 20 19 98 6 5 8 .95
AGAINST THE RUN...The Blue & Gray have the eighth best rush defense in the nation and second best in the Patriot League (behind Bucknell) through six games, allowing 84.83 yards per game and just 2.46 yards per rush attempt. The Hoyas have been able to hit opponents behind the line of scrimmage making 41.0 tackles for loss, as senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke(Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) leads the team with 11.0. GU has 13 players with one TFL.
Rank Team G Opp Rush Att Opp Yds Opp Yds/Att Opp Rush TD Opp Rush Yds/Game
1 Sam Houston St. 5 106 230 2.17 3 46.00
2 Bucknell 6 169 374 2.21 3 62.33
3 Illinois St. 6 194 411 2.12 5 68.50
4 Harvard 4 113 282 2.50 2 70.50
5 Norfolk St. 6 204 454 2.23 4 75.67
6 Texas Southern 5 136 383 2.82 9 76.60
7 N.C. A&T 5 167 406 2.43 6 81.20
8 Georgetown 6 207 509 2.46 6 84.83
ABOUT HOWARD: Howard scored 29 fourth quarter points, including 15 in the last 1:23 to defeat Florida A&M, 29-28 in the Rattlers Homecoming game last weekend. The game snapped a seven-game losing streak to FAMU by Howard.
The Bison have been led by freshman QB Greg McGhee, a three-time MEAC Rookie of the Week. Howard's offense has averaged 140.4 rushing yards per game through the first six games of the 2011 season under first year Head Coach Garry Harrell. Harrell a former Howard star in the early 90's, who spent several seasons playing professionally in the NFL, CFL and World League has already helped turn around a team that finished 1-10 a season ago. The Bison defense has also been solid, creating turnovers, currently tied for ninth in the nation with nine passes intercepted.
TICKET INFORMATION: The Hoyas will return to the Hilltop next weekend for Homecoming, when they host Colgate at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Tickets for either of Georgetown's two remaining home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html.